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Bank of America Gives $1M Grant for Greenwood Rising


The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission has received a $1 million grant toward the Greenwood Rising commemorative center from Bank of America.

A portion of the grant is for construction costs, while the rest will go to related initiatives.

"We're going to help with educational programming, entrepreneurial programming, supplier diversity initiatives, I mean, anything and everything we can do to ultimately help bring this community back to where it originally was," said Bank of America Tulsa Market President Bill Lissau.

Bank of America's grant is the largest investment in Greenwood Rising so far from a corporate donor outside of Oklahoma. Project Director Phil Armstrong said the Centennial Commission is grateful for the grant, which will help with their ultimate goal.

"Greenwood Rising being a center for racial healing, racial reconciliation, racial harmony so that we can really start to begin this journey to reconciliation and be a model — truly, right here in Tulsa, Oklahoma — be a model to the nation for healing around these issues," Armstrong said.

The grant is part of Bank of America's four-year, $1 billion pledge announced in June to help address racial and economic inequality nationwide.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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